Bellefontaine Cemetery Tour
We went to the beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery for a park tour. Not only is the cemetery rich in history (established in 1849), but it is a well kept garden of trees and flowers!
Shortly after getting out of the car, there was a heavy downpour of rain 🌧!
Pondering the joys we had,
Listen; you may be allowed
To hear my laughter from a cloud.
After about 20 minutes, the rain stopped and the sun came out! Yay!! ☀️
The first place our fabulous guide, Angela, took us was to see a MONSTER tree!
American Elm – a state champion tree
This tree was already growing before the cemetery was started so it’s over 160 years old!
There are a few precautions to keep the tree safe…
We can now identify Sour Flower aka wood sorrel and yes it’s edible and no it’s not very sour – it’s quite delish (both the yellow flower and the green heart shaped leaves). 😋
We also learned to identify the tulip tree. The leaves resemble the flower tulip (hence the name) and the bark has huge fissures!
Angela read a book to the kids about Clark…
We also learned about green burials, where you are buried in a Eco-Friendly casket and buried under wildflowers that aren’t mowed.
Probably the most elaborate memorial is the Busch family’s (think Anheuser- Busch).
The picture I snapped from the car doesn’t do it justice… It even had stain glass windows!! It looks like a mini cathedral!
I’m going to have to do some homework and find out who else is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery. I’ll follow Angela’s example and read picture books near their graves to honor them as we learn about our great ancestors!